Wine Reviews

5663256631USNamed for the documentary filmmaker, artist and wife of Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor blends Syrah and Petite Sirah from Rutherford with Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley and Syrah from Dry Creek Valley to form a rich, red, extracted wine generously succulent in cranberry and dark cherry. Licorice, tar and tobacco add to the complexity and flavor.9060CaliforniaSonoma County-Napa CountyNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneEleanor 2013 Red (Sonoma County-Napa County)Red BlendEleanor
5663356632ItalyAromas of ripe berry, fragrant blue flower and a whiff of Alpine herb lead the nose. The generous palate offers juicy black cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon and licorice alongside firm, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2018–2023.del Comune di La Morra9040PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeEllena 2012 del Comune di La Morra (Barolo)NebbioloEllena
5663456633USBrooding aromas of barrel spice, dried herbs, cranberry and black cherry lead to ripe but in focus pit-fruit flavors that show a pleasing sense of harmony. A squeeze of firm tannins provides the frame.Parabellum Force Majeure Vineyard9055WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportForce Majeure 2013 Parabellum Force Majeure Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)Cabernet SauvignonForce Majeure
5663556634AustriaUnusual hints of mango hint at very ripe fruit. The slender palate counters this aromatic abundance with tenderly fresh notes of lemon zest and wood sorrel. The result is both delicious and refreshing.Neuberg9013KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoForstreiter 2015 Neuberg Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerForstreiter
5663656635SpainOf all the excellent Genium 2010s, this is the only one that's a bit stalky on the nose. It's also rubbery smelling, with tight-grained oak scents and earth notes. Hard, tannic and without much cushion, this Garnacha-led blend tastes earthy, stalky and of high-toned plum and currant with lemony oak. A bold, tannic finish says this will last through about 2024.Poboleda Vi de la Vila9045CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachGenium Celler 2010 Poboleda Vi de la Vila Red (Priorat)Red BlendGenium Celler
5663756636ItalyThis opens with aromas that recall underbrush, tilled soil, crushed stone, dried herb and menthol. The big, powerful palate delivers dried black cherry, licorice, clove, mineral and the warmth of evident alcohol. Velvety tannins provide the framework.San Lorenzo90Sicily & SardiniaEtnaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGirolamo Russo 2014 San Lorenzo (Etna)Red BlendGirolamo Russo
5661156610USMade in a stainless-steel, grassy style, this features a charming balance of peach and apricot buzzing in the background to maintain the fruit amidst the natural acidity. Delightfully drinkable, it finishes lean and crisp.9019CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vboonePech Merle 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley)Sauvignon BlancPech Merle
5663856637AustriaFresh, even vigorous pear and lemon zest notes make a promising opening. The palate is light but has a concentrated, almost fizzing core of peppery, citrussy freshness and delivers lots of verve. This is a collaborative effort between a German star chef and an Austrian winemaker to celebrate this variety's endless versatility with imaginative cooking. I think they've done themselves justice.Edition Witzigmann9017NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoTürk 2015 Edition Witzigmann Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)Grüner VeltlinerTürk
5663956638AustriaA rather closed nose gives way to a very light-bodied, lime-zest scented and pure palate that boasts the slightest shimmer of pepperiness and enhances its light-footed, barely-there credentials with the tiniest hint of fizz. If you like it light, clean and yet flavorful, this is for you.Langenlois9018KamptalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoWeszeli 2015 Langenlois Grüner Veltliner (Kamptal)Grüner VeltlinerWeszeli
5661256611EnglandA mix of fruity notes immediately hit: white currant, gooseberry, apple and citrus. The palate is slender and fizzes with those primary fruit flavors that have overtones of meadow flowers. This is frothy, refreshing and fun on the surface, but there is serious backbone and intent.Blanc de Blancs9046EnglandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoRidgeview Estate 2011 Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay (England)ChardonnayRidgeview Estate
5664056639USSwirls of butterscotch lend a rich, almost lactic feel to this sumptuously full-bodied wine. It's unabashedly oaky, boasting deep layers of spice, nut and caramel, but maintains a stately, firmly structured elegance. Bright, lemony acidity and a strike of minerality mark the finish.Perle9030New YorkThe Hamptons, Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaWölffer 2014 Perle Chardonnay (The Hamptons, Long Island)ChardonnayWölffer
5661356612USLeather and cooked meats open the nose of this wine from Southern California that also shows aromas of blackberry extract. Once sipped, it offers dark and dense flavors of sweet tar, concentrated violets and a pinch of lavender, all held together by grippy tannins.VIneyard Riserva9036CaliforniaTemecula ValleySouth CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannRobert Renzoni 2011 VIneyard Riserva Sangiovese (Temecula Valley)SangioveseRobert Renzoni
5661456613USSeveral varieties figure into this blend, from 26% Zinfandel and 21% Syrah to smaller amounts of Merlot, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Big and powerful in smoky leather and black currant, it offers a rich softness on the palate, with a tightly wound savory, peppery aspect to the finish.Heritage9030CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRoth 2012 Heritage Red (Sonoma County)Red BlendRoth
5661556614USHerb, dark raspberry and flower aromas take the lead on this young wine that saw just five months on neutral French oak. The cherry flavors are plush in feel, lingering on the finish. It's a very understated wine that appeals to the senses.Copeland Vineayard9026WashingtonRattlesnake HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportSavage Grace 2014 Copeland Vineayard Cabernet Franc (Rattlesnake Hills)Cabernet FrancSavage Grace
5661656615USA 60% majority of Zinfandel plays nicely with 40% Petite Sirah, blending into a happy union of big, ripe blackberry and thick tannins. Smooth on the palate, with a touch of vanilla, it highlights red and black fruit in complementary waves, staying juicy throughout.San Lorenzo Estate9060CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneSeghesio 2012 San Lorenzo Estate Red (Alexander Valley)Red BlendSeghesio
5661756616USThis powerful blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc by longtime urban winemaker Benjamin Silver comes together in a big way. Aromas recall rosemary-crusted beef, boysenberry, sweet tar and, thanks to the oak-aging, both caramel and vanilla. The rich palate shows black cherry, black raspberry and a pinch of tarragon.I Tre Figli9035CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSilver 2009 I Tre Figli Red (Santa Barbara County)Red BlendSilver
5661856617USRounded by small amounts of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, this Cab is earthy and lean on entry, before developing in the glass into juicy dark cherry and leathery notes. Smooth, integrated oak and tannin leave an impression in terms of texture, with a persistence of tannin on the finish.9053CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneStags' Leap Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonStags' Leap Winery
5661956618USA blend of Syrah, Merlot and Malbec, this wine has aromas of berry, cocoa and vanilla. The cranberry and cherry flavors are tart and full flavored with a velvety feel.9031WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportThe Conqueror 2012 Red (Horse Heaven Hills)Red BlendThe Conqueror
5662056619USWith the majority of the fruit from the producer's Calistoga and Oakville estate vineyards, as well as its Healdsburg property, this is a dry, citrus-laden wine, zesty and refreshing in lime and grapefruit. The acidity is dialed high, yet remains balanced by the density of fruit and body, the overall effect just right in terms of ripeness.9025CaliforniaNapa County-Sonoma CountyNapa-SonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTwomey 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa County-Sonoma County)Sauvignon BlancTwomey
5662156620USThis is a nicely blended mix of 37% Zinfandel with smaller amounts of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The kitchen-sink effort rewards in juicy red fruit, herbal, cedar accents and medium-bodied weight and tannin strength. The finish is lengthy in vanilla and smoke.EnTycement9028CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTy Caton 2012 EnTycement Red (Sonoma County)Red BlendTy Caton
5662256621USLike a genie released from the bottle, this wine rises up with aromas of violets, herbs, cranberry and bittersweet chocolate. The palate has tart, vibrant acidity along with a silky feel with little apparent new-oak influence to interfere with the fruit and savory flavors. It's a pretty wine that needs to be paired with food to be fully appreciated.Damavian Les Collines Vineyard9045WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportW.T. Vintners 2012 Damavian Les Collines Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))SyrahW.T. Vintners
5662356622USWhile five years from harvest, this bold, penetrating Merlot is still a baby, with a long, promising future ahead. Subtle whiffs of crisp red cherry and mushroom seem quiet on the nose, but the palate is deeply concentrated. Black plum and cherry flavors are penetrating yet deftly grounded by a core of mouth puckering tannin and acidity. Enjoy starting 2020, but should maintain for much longer.Grand Vin9035New YorkNorth Fork of Long IslandLong IslandAnna Lee C. IijimaWaters Crest 2010 Grand Vin Merlot (North Fork of Long Island)MerlotWaters Crest
5662456623USVibrant aromas of black plum, cassis, dried leather, licorice and herb lead to full, sweet, soft-feeling dark fruit flavors that linger.9040WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWilliam Church 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet SauvignonWilliam Church
5662556624USThis wine brings aromas of herbs, black cherry, chocolate and flowers. The palate is medium bodied, showing a mixture of fruit and barrel flavors that include vanilla, cocoa and cherry.The Reserve9030WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereport14 Hands 2012 The Reserve Cabernet Franc (Horse Heaven Hills)Cabernet Franc14 Hands
5662656625SpainAromas of clover blossom, stony minerals and apple are inviting and clean. This is fairly full in body, with pulpy weight as well as citrusy acidity. Pithy flavors of orange and citrus rind turn slightly bitter on the finish. Drink now.Eidos de Padriñán9022GaliciaRías BaixasMichael Schachner@wineschachAdega dos Eidos 2014 Eidos de Padriñán Albariño (Rías Baixas)AlbariñoAdega dos Eidos
5662756626USHerb, cherry, smoke, cedar, vanilla and coffee aromas are out front, with the Cabernet Sauvignon blended in (18%) showing itself. The palate is rich but well balanced, with coffee flavors lingering on the finish. It doesn't seem entirely varietal but it brings plenty of appeal.Estate Grown9028WashingtonRed MountainColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportAmbassador Vineyard 2012 Estate Grown Syrah (Red Mountain)SyrahAmbassador Vineyard
5662856627AustriaRipe notes of yellow pear are rounded with creamy notes of yeast. There are overtones of dried hayflowers and fresh, green spring meadows. The palate comes together around a vein of zesty, enlivening lime freshness and leaves a clean, mouthwatering finish.Liebenberg Federspiel9025WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoDomäne Wachau 2015 Liebenberg Federspiel Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)Grüner VeltlinerDomäne Wachau
5662956628USImpressively crafted from 20-plus-year-old vines, thus the Heritage tag, this blend of mostly Zin with 20% Petite Sirah and 1% Primitivo is like Sunday brunch. It offers a study in bacon and strawberries laced in syrup, a thick, leathery wine that finishes balanced and just shy of over-decadent.Heritage Vines9022CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneDry Creek Vineyard 2014 Heritage Vines Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelDry Creek Vineyard
5663056629AustriaLime zest, the freshly peeled skin of Conference pears and crushed watercress make for an intensely fresh trio of flavors. This is zesty and concentrated, sleek and refreshing on a linear, slender but concentrated palate.Süssenberg Federspiel9022WachauAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoEder 2015 Süssenberg Federspiel Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)Grüner VeltlinerEder
5663156630USSeeing just a kiss of new oak (20%), this wine offers brooding aromas of spice, white flowers, tropical fruit and citrus. The palate is full of white-grapefruit flavors backed by a zing of tart acidity, with barrel spice flavors lingering on the finish. It shows a lot of tension.Sauvage Boushey Vineyard9025WashingtonYakima ValleyColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportEfeste 2014 Sauvage Boushey Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Yakima Valley)Sauvignon BlancEfeste

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